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Barton County replaces 800 signs
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Barton County department heads are asked to submit a bi-weekly activity report of statistical information or a summary of services. The latest report was released Monday at the Barton County Commission meeting.

Barry McManaman, County Engineer
Attended the KAC Conference in Overland Park
Reece Construction continued to work on the concrete box culvert extension project three miles north of Redwing. The Barton County technician is doing the inspection. Reece has finished placing concrete for the extensions on both boxes and will be completing their work in the next couple of weeks. They will begin work on the new box culvert 3 miles north of Beaver when they finish north of Redwing.
Discussed signing needs with a township on two occasions
High Risk Rural Roads signing project is underway involving placement of new signs by Road and Bridge and inspection by Kirkham Michael. Several questions and requests for information have arisen and been addressed by the Engineering department.
Met with a fencing contractor to discuss right of way.
Exchanged information with a surveyor working on floodplain documents for a homeowner.
Researched the files on a minimum maintenance road for a township.
Sent a floodplain determination to the City for a shed within the 3-mile zoning area.
Met with one township official to discuss the Cow Creek Floodplain mapping
Met with a homeowner north of Great Bend to provide floodplain data.
Received shop drawings for the scenic overlook tower east of Redwing.
Corresponded with the Kansas Department of Transportation and the design firm to begin the review process.
Visited with a township about a drainage problem and agreed to meet at their convenience to provide an opinion on ditch work to alleviate the problem.
Met with an engineering firm to look at a possible bridge repair project.
Submitted a project application to KDOT for the 2019 High Risk Rural Roads program.

Dale Phillips, Road and Bridge, Noxious Weed, Memorial Parks
Sign crews worked on the High Risk Rural Roads sign grant replacing more than 800 signs throughout the county.
Emergency sign repair was reported at three sign locations.
Staff worked at the Golden Belt Memorial Park in preparation for the Nov. 11 dedication. Decorations were placed along with benches and various grounds keeping duties. Parking areas were coned off and signs placed accordingly.
Crews continue with mowing utilizing three tractors and mowers. Crews are currently north of Hoisington and in the Galatia/Olmitz area. Three weeks remain to complete mowing, depending on weather conditions.
The department is assisting South Homestead Township on Cheyenne Bottoms roads at NE 20 Ave. Work includes tree removal and ditch construction.
All department staff prepared for pending winter storms.
Staff continues with spraying roadsides.
Staff prepared for winter storms.

Phil Hathcock, Solid Waste Director
912 tons of Municipal Solid Waste
272 tons of Construction/Demolition Waste
65 tons of Special Waste
596 loads of waste received for disposal
$47,418.13 of revenue generated through disposal fees
Solid Waste staff has been busy with routine operation at the landfill and preparations for winter weather and Household Hazardous Waste collections for America Recycles Day.

Kevin Wondra, County Treasurer
The Treasurer’s Office processed a total of 1,125 motor vehicle transactions Nov. 3-16. Of those, 627 were vehicle renewals and 229 were new titles. In the past two weeks, the department has renewed, registered or updated two commercial vehicles.
Staff is to begin printing, sorting, folding and mailing statements for the 2016 tax season.
The bookkeepers are in the process of reconciling the bank accounts. All daily work is current.